This past week or so has been an amazing series of events. We packed the van to the rafters with dogs,suitcases,and our work and headed off on the Saturday north-east through France to Luxembourg for the 87th Two-day International Dog Show held in Kirchberg. We travelled up on the Saturday and stayed overnight in Livange, meeting up with two fabulous friends Sandra & Serge who took us out for a wonderful Chinese Meal which was gorgeous. The next morning we made our way to the huge Luxexpo Centre to compete with our two babies Dita and Esto in the Breed Classes under Serbian Judge Blaz Kavcic-never in our wildest dreams did we expect what happened next. Esto has been extremely successful in the Showring of late, but on Sunday 8th September he did us the proudest yet by winning Junior Black Male,Best Junior and Best Male giving him his Junior Luxembourg Champion Title!!!
A little later,Dita went into the ring to compete and won Open Black Female,Best Female the Luxembourg CAC AND the International CACIB Award!-which meant she had to compete against the Best Male in Breed-which was our ESTO!!!! John handles both dogs in the ring which meant I had to step in and take Dita (my baby) while he handled Esto (his baby) and Dita won BEST of BREED! We literally swept the board with both of our dogs-we couldn't quite believe it-infact a week later and we are STILL on Cloud 9!!!!
We left Luxembourg absolutely Buzzing and made the long journey through Belgium to Calais and the Eurotunnel-first time our babies have ever visited the UK! Out came their Petpassports-I think they both felt very important while they had their microchips scanned-and paperwork checked!!
Onwards we travelled through the UK and up into Yorkshire arriving around 8am Monday Morning-and absolutely shattered so after a welcome cup of Yorkshire tea and some breakfast we fell into bed at the Inlaws and caught up on some well deserved sleep! Later that day we had to go to the garage as the van was complaining & moaning very loudly at all the travelling we'd just done and it was discovered that the gearbox had given up the ghost.So instead of stopping for a few days we were stuck in Yorkshire until late Friday night when we landed with a few hours to spare in Staffordshire for my beloved son's wedding the next day!-talk about cutting it fine!!
What a Magical Day it was-a Beautiful venue in the Cheshire Countryside,a Stunning Bride and my proudest moment as a parent to see my son get married to the love of his life-accompanied by my gorgeous Granddaughter as Bridesmaid/Flower Girl........oh yes there were tears but of Joy,it was wonderful.
Everyone loved my hat........
and we all danced till dawn.........yawn
And so it was a wonderful week despite the van, seeing and meeting up with treasured friends and family so as a result work is a little slow at the moment but we are catching up.......and still out and about searching for treasure though it's taking a little while to get back into the swing of things-but please bear with us-we'll be up and running and back to normal in no time at all! So until we meet again...au revoir for now!